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Naltrexone: Medication for alcohol abuse and dependence

Jun 6, 2008
There are a variety of methods for treatment for alcohol dependence. Some of these methods include education and support to stop drinking, medicines to reduce withdrawal symptoms and stop alcohol cravings, and professional counseling to work through relationship issues. However there is a new method on the market, a drug with the brand name chemical ReVia [formerly called Trexan], Vivitrolnaltrexone. This drug is taken as an injection, usually into a muscle once a month. Naltrexone is also available in pill form.

Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that works by interfering with the part of the brain which involved in producing the pleasurable effects that are received from drinking alcohol or other drugs.

Basically, Naltrexone is used to reduce the pleasurable effects received from alcohol. This drug can be used alone or it can be combined with other medicines to treat alcohol dependence.

Naltrexone works best to help you stop drinking if you also get counseling.1 Most studies show that naltrexone significantly reduces your chance for relapse after you have stopped drinking.2 But it might not be effective in treating men with severe, ongoing alcohol dependence.3

Side effects of Naltrexone include: nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. It has also been found to cause headaches and may make you feel anxious, sleepy, or nervous.

In severe cases liver damage might develop if you currently have a form of liver disease (such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure) and take too much Naltrexone.

This medicine will cause withdrawal symptoms if you are addicted to narcotics.

In some instances you may need to take naltrexone for several months to effectively prevent relapse.

Vivitrol, a once-a-month injection of this medicine, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat drinking problems. This form of naltrexone can be useful for people who have a hard time deciding whether or not to take the medicine each day.
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